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We all have bad days. Things don’t go our way, we forget to fuel up the car, our favorite shirts have a rip and your boss is asking you to come in on your day off. What can often help is a little bit of perspective, because as bad as you might have it, someone else could be doing worse.

That's why we have gathered some examples of folks having some of the worst days at work possible. So prepare yourself for either a good amount of schadenfreude or sympathy as you scroll through. Be sure to upvote your favorite posts and comment about your worst day at work below. 

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Nice Job

Nice Job

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The Truck Driver Who Forgot To Release The Bolts Of The Container In Ashdod Port This Morning

The Truck Driver Who Forgot To Release The Bolts Of The Container In Ashdod Port This Morning

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Despite the objectively horrible time these folks had, as the saying goes, there is always a bigger fish, or in this case, workplace disaster. For example, bringing dads to their knees across the globe, the London Beer Flood of 1814, when a number of huge wooden vats for fermenting porter broke, caused a chain reaction that flooded the neighborhood. 

When the vat broke, the deluge of liquid slammed into other vats, breaking them and adding to the “avalanche” of beer. Between 580,000 and 1,470,000 liters of beer smashed through the brewery walls and cascaded through the neighborhood. 

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Damn Near Cut My Dong Off Today… Two Things That Stopped It From Happening: 1) My Big Guts 2) My Small Wiener

Damn Near Cut My Dong Off Today… Two Things That Stopped It From Happening: 1) My Big Guts 2) My Small Wiener

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My Company Is Sending Work From Home Employees New Laptops. I Somehow Ended Up With All Of Them

My Company Is Sending Work From Home Employees New Laptops. I Somehow Ended Up With All Of Them

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A Truck Carrying A Tank Of White Paint Dropped It On The Road

A Truck Carrying A Tank Of White Paint Dropped It On The Road

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Like something out of a hybrid of a disaster movie and comedy, a 15-foot (4.6 m) wave of beer rushed through the area, demolishing two houses and leading to eight deaths. As the area had very poor drainage, much of the beer ended up in the basements of nearby buildings, which at the time were often inhabited. 

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#7

My Coworker Left His Phone Under The Industrial Paper Cutter

My Coworker Left His Phone Under The Industrial Paper Cutter

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Coming Into Work To Discover That Someone Left The Ice Machine's Door Open Overnight

Coming Into Work To Discover That Someone Left The Ice Machine's Door Open Overnight

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While later accounts state that mass drinking followed, the papers at the time made no such reports. Similarly, the beer would have been so diluted and dirty as to not really be drinkable at all. However, there are verified accounts of watchmen charging people to go and see the ruins and burst vats

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Hubby Was Unemployed For 9 Months. Finally Landed A Job That's Not Temporary Or A Contract Gig. 5 Minutes After Clocking In, He Trips On Some Carpet And Breaks His Leg

Hubby Was Unemployed For 9 Months. Finally Landed A Job That's Not Temporary Or A Contract Gig. 5 Minutes After Clocking In, He Trips On Some Carpet And Breaks His Leg

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7 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

At least he was on the clock when it happened. Workman's comp may not pay alot but it's better than no pay while off the leg.

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#11

I Got A $0.25 Raise This Year Which Absolutely Is Not Keeping Pace With Inflation. And Then I Get To Walk Into Work And See The Owner's New Toy

I Got A $0.25 Raise This Year Which Absolutely Is Not Keeping Pace With Inflation. And Then I Get To Walk Into Work And See The Owner's New Toy

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I Find It Amusing How The Forklift Driver Must Have Been Staring Directly At The "Do Not Stack" Sign

I Find It Amusing How The Forklift Driver Must Have Been Staring Directly At The "Do Not Stack" Sign

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The only upside of the disaster is that it did spark some changes in how breweries operate. After the London Beer Flood, breweries started to use vessels lined with concrete, to ensure that something similar does not happen again. The company itself continued to operate until 1961, relatively unphased by the chaos. 

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#13

Someone Brought Cheerio Donuts Into Work Today

Someone Brought Cheerio Donuts Into Work Today

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I’ve Had To Take A Couple Weeks Off Work Because I’m Allergic To Part Of My Job

I’ve Had To Take A Couple Weeks Off Work Because I’m Allergic To Part Of My Job

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7 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

According to the Reddit post, the guy picks tomatoes and is allergic to the cocktail tomatoes. Just in case anyone was wondering.

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The Restaurant I Work At Occasionally Hosts A Drag Brunch. This Past Week We’ve Been Receiving Calls Threatening To Protest Against An Upcoming Brunch. This Vandalism Happened Overnight

The Restaurant I Work At Occasionally Hosts A Drag Brunch. This Past Week We’ve Been Receiving Calls Threatening To Protest Against An Upcoming Brunch. This Vandalism Happened Overnight

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A recent equivalent was the Pepsi fruit juice flood, in 2017, which occurred in Lebedyan, Russia. The roof of a PepsiCo warehouse collapsed, sending over 28 million liters (7.4 million US gallons) flooding through the streets and into the Don River. Luckily, there were no casualties, and studies of the river reported no major environmental impact, although one must imagine that the streets had to be sticky for a while. 

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I Left My Job Shortly After Receiving This Prize For My Good Work

I Left My Job Shortly After Receiving This Prize For My Good Work

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7 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have been working overtime all summer. Boss gave me 3 gift cards , all with different dates ( meaning they werent bought for me just had them lying around ). I went to whole foods and splurged $40. Gift card had no balance left.

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#17

After Working 3 Positions And Managing 20 Employees, Here’s My Work Christmas Gift

After Working 3 Positions And Managing 20 Employees, Here’s My Work Christmas Gift

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Someone Reported Me To HR For A Suspected Drug Use, Saying I Must Do Them In My Truck While At Work. HR Opened An Investigation. This Is Literally Powdered Sugar From The Fried Oreos

Someone Reported Me To HR For A Suspected Drug Use, Saying I Must Do Them In My Truck While At Work. HR Opened An Investigation. This Is Literally Powdered Sugar From The Fried Oreos

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However, the vast majority of us will not be impacted by disasters at this scale. First and foremost, they simply do not happen that often, as there are tens of thousands of factories, mills, and breweries around the globe that do not explode. Similarly, safety regulations, on the whole, tend to improve from one disaster to the next. 

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#19

My 6-Feet Husband Started A New Job, This Is The Uniform They Gave Him. And It Is My Fault As I Took The Measurements. Even His Boss Ended Up Laughing

My 6-Feet Husband Started A New Job, This Is The Uniform They Gave Him. And It Is My Fault As I Took The Measurements. Even His Boss Ended Up Laughing

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Had A Leak Develop In Our Laboratory This Morning. Nobody Was On Campus To Catch It So There Was 4 Inches Of Standing Water And Countless Ruined Pieces Of Equipment

Had A Leak Develop In Our Laboratory This Morning. Nobody Was On Campus To Catch It So There Was 4 Inches Of Standing Water And Countless Ruined Pieces Of Equipment

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#21

This "Gift" For Employee Appreciation Day

This "Gift" For Employee Appreciation Day

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So while most of us won’t be anywhere near an accidental explosion, there still are a number of common workplace risks to be on the lookout for. According to UK-based law firm, Waldrons, most of the time, people simply slip, fall, or sprain something while just going about their day. Let's face it, who among us hasn’t twisted an ankle in a pothole or tripped on a carpet? 

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Knelt Down To Get A Ping Pong Ball From Under The Table At Work And Heard A Little Rip

Knelt Down To Get A Ping Pong Ball From Under The Table At Work And Heard A Little Rip

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7 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I used to work with this guy who kept tearing his pants at work. He'd have to go home and change it left me down a person for an hour every time. I finally ordered an ugly yellow track suit from Amazon and was like "Next time Quinn...". He never tore his pants again. He quit pretty soon after that and I was glad for it because I hated working with him for multiple reasons.

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Happened On My Way To Work

Happened On My Way To Work

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7 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Every few years a new generation of shîttý arśéhóle kids comes through and we have another 6 months of idiots throwing rocks off bridges. Then they get locked up. Repeat.

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What I Was Greeted By This Moring At Work, First Day After Christmas Break

What I Was Greeted By This Moring At Work, First Day After Christmas Break

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Other “usual suspects” are repetitive strain injuries, where a certain, common, workplace action over time causes some injury or pain to a worker. This can range from simply typing too much to lifting loads that are just too heavy. While there are techniques that employees can use to minimize risk, some unscrupulous businesses will demand that workers work a certain way. 

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#25

My Father Was Almost Pulled Into A Lathe While Working. Only Stopped By His Clothing Being Tangled

My Father Was Almost Pulled Into A Lathe While Working. Only Stopped By His Clothing Being Tangled

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7 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The number of lathe-related injuries is staggering. Never wear long sleeves when operating a lathe, and keep your hands steady when using it!

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#26

This Mirrored Ceiling In Our Bathroom At Work

This Mirrored Ceiling In Our Bathroom At Work

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#27

The Toilet Paper At My Work Is So Cheap It Has Splinters

The Toilet Paper At My Work Is So Cheap It Has Splinters

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Loud noises are another constant in many lines of work, and employees should demand ear protection at certain levels of volume. Even if the sound seems reasonable, long-term exposure to loud noises puts the person at risk of tinnitus and even catastrophic hearing loss later in life, which often can be avoided. 

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Someone At Work Perfectly-Ripped My Husband Out Of The Wedding Photo On My Locker. There's No Way This Was Accidental

Someone At Work Perfectly-Ripped My Husband Out Of The Wedding Photo On My Locker. There's No Way This Was Accidental

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7 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Either your coworker wants you to be single, or there is now a photo of your coworker with your husband’s body glued to it.

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#29

Car Crashed Into My Bakery At Work, Old Lady Accidentally Hit Her Gas Instead Of Brakes

Car Crashed Into My Bakery At Work, Old Lady Accidentally Hit Her Gas Instead Of Brakes

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This Glove I Put On At Work Before Going Into Surgery Had Dozens Of Pin Prick Holes In The Fingers. The Entire Box Was Like This

This Glove I Put On At Work Before Going Into Surgery Had Dozens Of Pin Prick Holes In The Fingers. The Entire Box Was Like This

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7 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sabotage? Some people are a holes, and if they decide to do something they can really mess things up or hurt people. I’m glad this guy caught it.

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So it never hurts to acknowledge the risks. And lists like this can help you observe the results of bad working conditions from a safe distance. If you want to see more examples like this, worry not, Bored Panda has got you covered. Check out our previous article on folks who are having a terrible day and our article on work accidents

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#31

I Work In Pharmaceuticals, This Was A Very Expensive Mistake

I Work In Pharmaceuticals, This Was A Very Expensive Mistake

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#32

Eggsactly What He Feared Would Happen

Eggsactly What He Feared Would Happen

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A Guy At My Workplace Uses This Bathroom Every Day, And Each Day He Leaves His "Nest" Behind. It's Disgusting And Disrespectful To The Cleaning Staff

A Guy At My Workplace Uses This Bathroom Every Day, And Each Day He Leaves His "Nest" Behind. It's Disgusting And Disrespectful To The Cleaning Staff

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I Have Multiple Pairs Of Work Shoes And Today I Brought 2 Left-Foot Shoes

I Have Multiple Pairs Of Work Shoes And Today I Brought 2 Left-Foot Shoes

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#35

My Colleague Did Not Calculate The Height Of The Truck, And How Low The Bridge Was

My Colleague Did Not Calculate The Height Of The Truck, And How Low The Bridge Was

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#36

I Got The Chopping Board Stuck In The Sink At Work

I Got The Chopping Board Stuck In The Sink At Work

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#37

The Water Coming Out Of The Kitchen Faucet At Work. I Work At A Restaurant

The Water Coming Out Of The Kitchen Faucet At Work. I Work At A Restaurant

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My Boss Installed A Water Dispenser Yesterday. This Morning We Got Into The Office To This

My Boss Installed A Water Dispenser Yesterday. This Morning We Got Into The Office To This

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#39

We Can Cut Into The Concrete Here They Said. It Will Be Fine They Said

We Can Cut Into The Concrete Here They Said. It Will Be Fine They Said

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#40

My Coworker Decided To Wipe The Monitor With Clorox Bleach Wipes

My Coworker Decided To Wipe The Monitor With Clorox Bleach Wipes

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"We Have A Coffee Machine Somewhere", "Looks Clean To Me" - This Is What A Lady At The Office Told Me Today When I Tried To Have Some Coffee

"We Have A Coffee Machine Somewhere", "Looks Clean To Me" - This Is What A Lady At The Office Told Me Today When I Tried To Have Some Coffee

Usually, I am too busy for a coffee break. It was a slow Friday, so I decided I could try to have some coffee for a change. Definitely did not use this mess.

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7 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

also there is only stale coffee powder, clumped sugar and rancid milk to be found...

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I Have A Costco Box Full Of These At Work, Just Ate One Yesterday. This Entire Bar Was Infested With These… Things

I Have A Costco Box Full Of These At Work, Just Ate One Yesterday. This Entire Bar Was Infested With These… Things

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I’m A Gym Manager And This Happened To Me This Morning When I Was About To Open

I’m A Gym Manager And This Happened To Me This Morning When I Was About To Open

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#44

The Ceiling Leaked All Over The Computers At Work

The Ceiling Leaked All Over The Computers At Work

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You Think You're Having A Bad Day? Just Think About The Poor Guy Who Will Be Forced To Clean This Up

You Think You're Having A Bad Day? Just Think About The Poor Guy Who Will Be Forced To Clean This Up

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7 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Is that the condenser drain on the freezer unit? If so been there done that.

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I’m A Janitor In A High School. Kids Are Dumb

I’m A Janitor In A High School. Kids Are Dumb

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7 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

No, kids are jerks. Tik tok challenge to damage bathrooms, awesome kids 👌🏻

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#47

My Sister Works At A Starbucks And This Was Someone's "Simple" Order

My Sister Works At A Starbucks And This Was Someone's "Simple" Order

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Workmates Made A Birthday "Party" To Me At The Office. They Didn’t Realize I Work The Night Shift. They Ate And Celebrated It Without Me

Workmates Made A Birthday "Party" To Me At The Office. They Didn’t Realize I Work The Night Shift. They Ate And Celebrated It Without Me

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7 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My office had a going away party for me one year when I was off because I had been injured on the job and wasn't allowed to return to work until the day before I left the job.

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#49

A Generous Tip For Someone Working At A Restaurant

A Generous Tip For Someone Working At A Restaurant

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A Group Of Teenagers Came In Just To Trash The Theater

A Group Of Teenagers Came In Just To Trash The Theater

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7 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What kind of luxurious legspace is that? Where is that theater? I must go there and give it all my business and cherish it!

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